Alaska’s North Slope hit by strongest quake noted in region

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By: AP |
Updated: August 13, 2018 7:17:12 am


The earthquake was the biggest recorded in the North Slope, striking an area 42 miles east of Kavik River Camp and 343 miles northeast of Fairbanks.

Alaska’s North Slope was hit Sunday by the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the region, the state’s seismologist said. At 6:58 a.m. Sunday, the magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck an area 42 miles (67 kilometers) east of Kavik River Camp and 343 miles (551 kilometers) northeast of Fairbanks, the state’s second-biggest city. The US Geological Survey says the earthquake had a depth of about 6 miles (9.9 kilometers.)

State seismologist Mike West told the Anchorage Daily News that the earthquake was the biggest recorded in the North Slope by a substantial amount. “This is a very significant event that will take us some time to understand,” he told…

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